A good place to start would be to teach your child the concept of "my". Typically, a developing child begins to use appropriate pronouns such as "my, mine, I" around the age of 2.5 years.
These pronouns are foundational for learning or using appropriate language.
When playing with your child, you can say something like "Can you show me my nose?" Then, help your child point to your own nose. Then say "great, now show me your nose." Then, help the child point to his nose. You can also do this with favorite toys or snacks. Once your child can understand the difference between my/yours, then we can move to helping him use my/your in speech. After your child is able to point to different things using "my/your", then you can start saying phrases like "my snack" and hold a snack in your hand.
What you want to try to encourage is that your child will then show their snack and repeat "my snack". You can take turns going back and forth saying phrases such as "my snack, my car, my nose, etc." making sure that your child is repeating and understanding that what he or she is holding relates to "my".
After your child is able to appropriately label "my + object", you can start pointing to yourself and say "My name is Cindy" and then see if your child will imitate "my name is Bobby". If he or she does not imitate the phrase you are wanting, continue to find opportunities and times throughout the day where you can label something with "my". Keeping in mind that if your child does use "my" correctly, you want to encourage him or her with "Yes! Your name is Bobby" (not "yes, my name is Bobby") you always want to reinforce a child's phrase with the grammatically correct version in order for them to continue to understand your/my concepts.
Children that are typically developing, without a history of delay, will usually begin to use phrases such as "My name is ____ or My favorite color is _____" around the age of 2.5-3 years old. If your child does have an expressive language delay as mentioned, this skill could develop much later. It's always helpful to talk to your child's speech therapist and let them know what goals or milestones are a priority to you, so that they can work on them with you!
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